"With the appliance server market growing at more than 50 percent a quarter, IBM has positioned these new eServer appliance offerings to address the explosive demand for businesses to build out their Internet infrastructure," said Mark Melenovsky, research manager at International Data Corp. IDC projects the appliance server market will increase to an estimated $11 billion by 2004.
The xSeries eServers are based on IBM's X-Architecture, a blueprint incorporating the latest mainframe technologies into industry standard Intel-based servers. The iSeries, meanwhile, features integrated open system functions built into the operating system.
The new eServer models include:
- The xSeries(b) 130 (Windows) and the xSeries 135 (Linux): Two speedy Web-hosting appliance servers that offer the highest performance in the industry
- The xSeries 150: IBM's first storage appliance, offering high performance and unmatched scalability of up to 1.7 TB and throughput of 44MB per second
- The iSeries(b) 400 model 270: A Lotus Domino server appliance offering peak performance at an economical price
- The iSeries 400 model 820: The first Lotus Domino server appliance to deliver Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) technology.
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